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Jordan struggles for survival strategy in shadow of US-Israeli-Saudi axis

    Jordan struggles for survival strategy in shadow of US-Israeli-Saudi axis

In December 2004, King Abdullah of Jordan inaugurated the modern sectarian era by warning the US and Arab allies of a “Shia crescent,” a relentless Iranian crusade to subvert and

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Seven years on: Tunisia’s legacies of neglect

    Seven years on: Tunisia’s legacies of neglect

On Sunday, 17 December, it will be seven years since Mohamed Bouazizi, an informal street vendor from Sidi Bouzid, took his own life. In the revolution that followed, he became a symbol

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Western Wall May Shed Stones but Will Stand for Thousands of Years, Archaeologists Reassure

    Western Wall May Shed Stones but Will Stand for Thousands of Years, Archaeologists Reassure

A 100-kilogram rock fragment almost fell on a worshipper Monday. But while the structure is sound, experts warn about lack of proper site supervision. Archaeologists say they were not particularly

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That Roaring Sound? It’s Palestine Unleashing a Legal Tsunami Against Israeli War Crimes

    That Roaring Sound? It’s Palestine Unleashing a Legal Tsunami Against Israeli War Crimes

This time, Benjamin Netanyahu’s government may have gone too far in defending the actions of its armed forces in Gaza. That may lead to Israel being forced to defend its actions in front

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Strongman Haftar back in Libya after long absence

    Strongman Haftar back in Libya after long absence

BENGHAZI: Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar returned Thursday to the eastern city of Benghazi after a long absence for treatment in a Paris hospital, an AFP correspondent reported. The 75-year-old,

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Three men exemplify why Syrian rebels are losing the war

    Three men exemplify why Syrian rebels are losing the war

By Dahlia Nehme BEIRUT (Reuters) – The war has cost one man part of his liver and intestines. Another his home and work. A third his homeland and studies. All

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Air strikes batter Syria rebel enclave for fifth day

    Air strikes batter Syria rebel enclave for fifth day

Fresh bombardment hit the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Friday, AFP correspondents reported, the fifth straight day of a bombing campaign that has killed more than 240 civilians.

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Gaza Health System Collapsing: 40 Percent of Medicine Runs Out

    Gaza Health System Collapsing: 40 Percent of Medicine Runs Out

At the end of January, Gaza’s public health care system had run out of 206 essential medicines – that is 40 percent of medications included in the basic Palestinian health basket.

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Rebel infighting leaves Yemen’s capital more divided than ever

    Rebel infighting leaves Yemen’s capital more divided than ever

By Nawal al-Maghafi For the first time when driving into Sanaa I had no idea what to expect. Three days before my arrival, the rebel Houthi movement had imposed a

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Surviving Congo’s massacres: ‘I climbed over bodies to flee’

    Surviving Congo’s massacres: ‘I climbed over bodies to flee’

The BBC’s Africa editor Fergal Keane travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s central Kasai region, a land littered with tears and mass graves. Day by day the truth recedes

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The role of Syria’s internal resources in the reconstruction process

    The role of Syria’s internal resources in the reconstruction process

The conflict in Syria has destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and taken out of service most of its industry and oil projects. In addition to that, it has also been a

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After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing

    After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing

one hot and sticky evening in July, in the dying days of the battle for Mosul, a group of Iraqi army officers sat for dinner in a requisitioned civilian house

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Islamophobia, 20 years later: How we can hope to defeat i

    Islamophobia, 20 years later: How we can hope to defeat i

Robin Richardson We wish for an end to the hurts and harms of Islamophobia, and to the demonising of others, writes Robin Richardson. We wish for a new us Twenty

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The most disputed land on earth: How Greek Orthodox church sold off Palestinian plots Jihad Abu Raya’s picture

    The most disputed land on earth: How Greek Orthodox church sold off Palestinian plots Jihad Abu Raya’s picture

For 500 years the Greek Orthodox church has controlled land which its Palestinian followers says is theirs It’s been a hot summer for the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, as

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The price of peace? How Damascus strikes deals with beaten rebels

    The price of peace? How Damascus strikes deals with beaten rebels

by Jonathan Steele Critics call reconciliation agreements ‘surrenders’ imposed on populations left with little choice after years of being bombed or starved. But do they offer a way forward for

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